There he was burned out, in 1857, losing everything he had but the clothes he wore. . . . He then came to Los Angeles, at that time a town of about 3000 inhabitants, and from here went to the Denver mining districts, just then prominent in the public mind. He had many wild experiences in his travels across the plains, and much of the time was a companion of Louis Simmons, a son-in-law of the famous Kit Carson.
Teed "struck out for the Northwest, visiting various points in Oregon and Washington Territory," then mined in the El Paso Mountains, ending up in Southern California. He worked for the U.S. government in Wilmington, then moved to Los Angeles, where he built a "substantial residence" on Fort Hill (later Buena Vista Street, now North Broadway), the address being 513 California Street.
Teed was a Mason and a charter member of the Los Angeles Pioneers Association. Besides being on the Common Council, Teed was a member of the city's first Park Commission, beginning in 1895; he served six years.
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- Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials,1850-1938, compiled under direction of Municipal Reference Library, City Hall, Los Angeles (March 1938, reprinted 1966). "Prepared ... as a report on Project No. SA 3123-5703-6077-8121-9900 conducted under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration."
- Matthew Teed, Pioneer, Dead," Los Angeles Times, April 1, 1904, page A-1
- "The City Assessment," Los Angeles Times, August 10, 1887, page 8
- "At the City Hall: The Park Commission: A Little Ripple Disturbs the Session," Los Angeles Times, January 13, 1895, page 9